Brora Rangers v Nairn County - Preview

18th November, 2016 •
Posted In: Match Previews
Written By: Graeme Macleod •
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TABLE-TOPPING Brora Rangers welcome Nairn County to Dudgeon Park as boss Ronnie Sharp and his side look to spring a major shock by upsetting the growing title-chasing momentum being built up by Grant Munro and his men.

Brora looked to be slipping to the fringes of the race for the championship after an early-season reverse at Cove Rangers and defeat at Buckie Thistle at the start of October. But manager Grant Munro has presided over a fine turnaround in fortunes with a string of thumping victories, which have sent a message that the Cattachs are not willing to give up the fight to regain the championship crown they lost to Cove Rangers last season.

Those results, coupled with Buckie Thistle's cup commitments and midweek slip at Keith, have meant that Brora now lead the pack again and despite both the Jags and Cove Rangers being able to climb above the Sutherland side by winning their games in hand, Munro's side again find themselves in a commanding position.

County lost out late on at home to Inverurie Locos last week but Ronnie Sharp took lots of encouragement out of the performance from his players in what was an entertaining match at Station Park and will be looking for the players to maintain such levels as they now enter a phase of back-to-back away trips.

NCFC Media will be at Dudgeon Park to cover all of the action starting with team lines before kick-off, live coverage of the match as it progresses with updates on all of the talking points, a match report on the final whistle and reaction from the County camp later in the evening. Meanwhile, a preview is below:

Date: Saturday November 19th 2016

Competition: Scottish Highland Football League

Kick-off: 1500

Opponents: Brora Rangers

Manager: Grant Munro

Venue: Dudgeon Park, Brora

Previous meeting: Nairn County 0 Brora Rangers 4 July 30th 2016

Last time out: Brora Rangers 8 Fort William 0; Nairn County 2 Inverurie Locos 3

League position: Brora Rangers 1st Nairn County 13th

Form guides: Brora Rangers WWLWWW Nairn County WDLWWL

Team news: This match is likely to come too soon for Paul Macleod to make a return from the ankle injury he sustained in the win over Lossiemouth despite the centre half returning to full training this week. Calum Riddell has also been able to train following a shoulder injury in the same match but he too is not quite ready for a return to action. Dylan Mackenzie is ready for action again though having missed last weekend's game against Inverurie Locos because of a minor back problem but work commitments rule Willie Barron and Jamie Mackay out of the trip to Dudgeon Park.

One to watch: Steven Ross. The free-scoring centre forward has reignited Brora's title challenge, which looked like it might have been dealt a fatal blow in their heavy defeat at Buckie Thistle last month. That was before the addition of former Ross County, Dumbarton and Elgin City attacker Ross, who is now in his third stint at Dudgeon Park following two previous spells on loan from the Staggies. Since going out of the Scottish Cup to Clyde at the end of October, Brora have bounced back with three league wins on the bounce scoring 19 goals and conceding none in the process with Ross himself contributing nine of those strikes himself and therefore averaging a hat trick in each of the Cattachs' last three outings.

Match officials: Referee Liam Duncan, Assistants Gordon Seago and Duncan Nicolson

Weather forecast: Sunny 2 degrees 9 mph wind

Admission prices: Adults £8 Concessions £5 (two children under the age of 14 are admitted for free if they are accompanied by a paying adult).

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